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Birdshot from shotgun strikes boy in the back

Birdshot fired Sunday afternoon from a shotgun on Lasalle Avenue in the city's University Heights neighborhood struck a boy in the back and left arm, according to Buffalo police.

The boy, whose name and age were unavailable, was taken by detectives from Buffalo's E District to Erie County Medical Center.

Shots also hit a Ford pickup truck and a nearby house on Lasalle, penetrating an interior wall and causing more than $250 in damage, said police, who found several shotgun shells in a driveway.

A man in a white T-shirt was seen fleeing east on Lasalle following the shots at about 12:30 p.m.

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Drive-by shooting wounds man, 18

An 18-year-old man was taken to Erie County Medical Center late Saturday after a drive-by shooting in the University District, according to Buffalo police.

The incident was reported at 10:43 p.m., after the man was shot once in the right forearm at Main Street and Lisbon Avenue. Police reported numerous shots were fired from a gray Buick Century.

The victim was described by police as uncooperative.

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Dozens evacuated by fire in senior housing complex

Dozens of residents in a senior housing complex had to be evacuated late Saturday as Lackawanna firefighters battled a two-alarm fire in the Parkview Towers on Ridge Road.

The call came in at 10:40 p.m., with heavy smoke being reported from the seventh floor of the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority building at 600 Ridge Road.

Firefighters and police evacuated the building, which has 94 apartment units for residents 62 and over.

Firefighters found a fully involved fire in an apartment on the seventh floor. The blaze was under control by 11:19 p.m., and no injuries were reported.

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Three Falls break-ins target tourists' cars

NIAGARA FALLS -- First it was copper thefts, then grocery shoppers being targeted by covert crooks. The latest crime wave to grip the city is car break-ins, and police were kept busy Sunday morning investigating three more, all of which targeted tourists.

A Pennsylvania man's car was entered between 11:15 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. Sunday while parked at the Aquarium of Niagara on Whirlpool Street. Police said someone pried a window off and stole a diaper bag containing baby clothing, as well as a laptop computer. The stolen items were valued at $2,200.

A Michigan man was touring the falls area between 10:45 a.m. and noon when his car was broken into while parked in the 200 block of Rainbow Boulevard. A bag containing his laptop, an iPod and a diabetic meter was stolen. Loss was estimated at $1,400.

Two Ohio women were victimized at about the same time. Their car was parked in the 100 block of Buffalo Avenue when someone broke out a window and stole a wallet containing 10 credit cards and a purse with seven more cards, as well as $570 in cash.

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Sheriff's road patrols charge six with DWI

Erie County sheriff's road patrols charged six people over the weekend with driving while intoxicated.

Richard Planavsky, 65, of Grand Island, was arrested on Broadway in that town at 2 a.m. Saturday, Deputy Rich O'Neil reported. O'Neil said Planavsky was driving erratically and also was charged with obstruction of governmental administration because he refused to exit his vehicle for field sobriety testing. Planavsky refused all sobriety testing, the deputy said.

Kenneth E. Charsley, 26, of Amherst, was charged with DWI, traffic infractions, marijuana possession and aggravated unlicensed operation at 4:15 a.m. Saturday on Transit Road in Clarence.

A half-hour later, on William Street in Lancaster, Sara B. Hackett-Brior, 20, of Lancaster, was charged with DWI and traffic infractions.

Deputy Don Hoelscher was able to locate a vehicle on Main Street in Springville that was involved in a property damage crash at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday in North Collins. Hoelscher arrested Dennis R. Hayden, 43, of Springville, and charged him with DWI and traffic infractions. Hayden's blood-alcohol content was 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit, Hoelscher reported.

Also on Main Street in Springville, at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday, Gary D. Maruska, 40, of Scottsville, was charged with DWI and traffic infractions, deputies said.

Also, at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, motorcyclist Michael J. Knight, 39, of West Seneca, was charged on Transit Road in Elma with speeding and DWI. Knight refused to submit to a breath test, deputies said.

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Driver of speeding vehicle is charged with DWI

An Amherst man traveling at 72 mph was charged with drunken driving early Saturday by state police.

Kevin A. Girard, 21, of Amherst, was pulled over at 2:30 a.m. Saturday for speeding on Greiner Road in the Town of Clarence. Troopers said he was doing 72 mph in a 40-mph zone.

Girard was charged with driving while intoxicated after troopers said he recorded a blood-alcohol content of 0.16 percent.

Girard is scheduled to appear in Clarence Town Court on June 14.